Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden, March 2018

When is Covent Garden not Covent Garden? When it’s High Holborn. If you’re on the corner of Endell Street and High Holborn, I don’t think you’re in Covent Garden. If you know your way around London then you might agree. If you are thinking of opening a bar, sticking the words Covent and Garden on it will certainly help you to attract visitors.

However, I’d argue that if you’ve got 11 cask ales, 2 cask ciders, 28 more beers on keg and another couple of keg ciders, that’s all that you need to attract visitors. It was enough for me. I went out of my way to come here, instead of going back to my hotel via a nearby pub. I hadn’t located any decent pubs near to the hotel at this point, so I came here instead, for a pint before catching the tube back.

I say pint, it was actually two halves, because with 39 beers to choose from, how can you have just one? It was hard enough picking two.

I started Tai Chi from Tiny Rebel, probably my favourite Welsh brewery right now. It’s just your run-of-the-mill lychee and sea buckthorn pale ale, one of the birthday beers brewed to celebrate their sixth birthday.

There’s a slight sweetness and some lychee tartness, and sharpness from the buckthorn. It didn’t really work for me, but I like the idea. I think finding this on cask might confuse a few people.

My other half was Scrambler, from Rooster’s Brewing Co, who are also celebrating a birthday, their 25th to be precise. This one is just your run-of-the-mill melon pale ale, available in the first part of the year.

Tasty melon flavours, and if it was soured up a bit it would be very nice indeed. A tasty pale ale with a difference, and another one that might confuse a few cask fans.

This is a great bar if you’re looking for a great beer. I suspect it gets really crowded at peak times, but there was space in the ground floor bar at 10pm on a Thursday, and seats downstairs in the basement too. I’ll be back after my next west end night out…